What Are Some Details About the Car Accident That Killed Princess Diana?


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On Aug. 31, 1997, Princess Diana died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. The accident killed three people: the driver Henri Paul, the Princess and her lover, Dodi Al-Fayed.

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After the accident, the media blamed the paparazzi following the car, while the investigation concluded that the photographers were not near the car when it crashed. A judicial investigation into the accident was launched, which lasted 18 months and involved 30 police officers, 6,000 pages of evidence and 200 witnesses. It concluded that the crash was caused by driver Henri Paul, who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk and under the influence of anti-depressants. The bodyguard of Princess Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

Dodi's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, an Egyptian billionaire, has always claimed that Diana was murdered by British secret agents under the orders of the Royal Family. He claimed that the British and French security services may have been part of the ambulance crew that took Diana to hospital to ensure she bled to death. According to Al-Fayed, a hospital that could have treated Princess Diana was 10 minutes from the site of the crash, but she was not taken to another medical building for an hour.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was born into a family of British nobility on July 1, 1961. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Her wedding to the Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981 was held at St Paul's Cathedral and reached a global television audience of over 750 million.

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